Who ever heard of a LP for so little?

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  1. Ilduce

    Ilduce And now for something completely different! Supporting Member

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    I was in GC in Brooklyn today and I saw a Les Paul Studio Faded for $539! Granted it's a scratch and dent, but still a LP at that price is pretty unbelievable especially when True Historic's are to expensive for most mortals. If I were in the market for one I would have jumped on it. Don't know why I posted this, just thought it was kinda interesting.
     
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    Seems like the correct price point to me. If I remember, these run around $800 new I believe.
     
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    That's a nice one, decent price. Studio PLUS models are my faves!
     
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    That's the same price my local GC has on a 2015 Les Paul Special scratch and dent, which I think retails for the same as the Studio.

    For all the grief Gibson gets on here for their prices, they have plenty of low price, American made models.
     
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    I paid $499.00 for a LP Special from Zzounds - new in box. Great guitar, P-90's sound fat, tune-o-matic works great.
     
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  6. Ilduce

    Ilduce And now for something completely different! Supporting Member

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    Love those P90's! I got a used Gibson Melody Maker special with dual P90's for around $400 shipped with a hardshell case. Definitely one of my favorite guitars.
     
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    I paid under $400 for a new LPJ and $150 for a new SGJ.
     
  8. monty

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    I got a new 2014 Melody Maker for $299, so yeah good deals on Gibsons can be found out there.
     
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    The LPJs that were produced in 2013 and 2014 are the best value Gibsons in my opinion. I picked up my LPJ for $450 used from GC in perfect condition.
     
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    My brother-in-law just picked up a 2011 LP Studio Faded Ebony Satin in perfect condition at the local pawn shop for $500 .
     
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    Ilduce And now for something completely different! Supporting Member

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    This thread is making me wonder if Gibson is making more money with their "economy" line (guitars around a grand or less) or their more expensive lines?
     
  12. SmokeyTone

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    It looks like an amazing deal but in reality how is the quality on it? Bad solders? Rough fret ends? Im sure there are more that I can list. My experience hasn't been great with their lower end stuff.

    From what I have heard from other blogs and some professionals I deal with, Gibson took a massive hit in 2015. Allegedly, their credit score was lowered recently as well. Which i guess would mean that they arent doing too well?? Not sure, but I remember when I was in high school Gibson was the brand to have. They were expensive as **** and sounded amazing. As I have gotten older and experienced other brands, different builders, and I guess different styles I have come to realize they aren't what they used to be. I owned (2) 2015 LP's and I can say I was a little dissapointed with the quality and all the other nonsense they added on that year. One had a few blems and the other I sent back once because under the clear coat the binding was separating from the neck. Before that I had a 09 Goldtop 70's tribute and the fret ends would cut up my hands. I sold those and purchased a 2016 standard. Its better because it feels like an original Gibson again, but still I am not wowed when I play it. I feel like you literally are paying for the name which is why I am considering selling the 2016. So many other builders out there who make a better quality product for the same or maybe even a little cheaper. Now I fully understand everyone has different preferences, and I am not trying to offend, but this is just my personal experience. Some think they are the best guitars in the world, some say only certain years, others hate them. Guess its all relative.
     
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  13. Ilduce

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    For myself it takes a lot of searching, even if it's the same model and maker to find a guitar that feels right. Maybe I'm just picky? It's funny though, all of the Squier CV's I've tried have been top notch, go figure! I guess most of the larger guitar companies are having serious QC issues. That's been my experience anyhow. I know it might not be cost effective, but if music stores went over each guitar they put on the racks and gave them a decent set-up I think that they would sell a lot more guitars. It's hard to gas for a guitar that doesn't play well.
     
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    I agree 100%. I have played Epiphones that are better than Gibsons. Its about quality not name. And most importantly feel.

    I refuse to shop at GC because everything is missing a knob or switch, has a broken pot or even dinged up. How many people played the guitar before I buy it?

    Also the setups are horrible. Most actions are too high. Like I stated for a few years I was all about Gibsons, had quite a few. I had a MIM strat as my first guitar. Then I tried a American fender strat for a few years. It was great! After I decided to go fender custom shop and now I found my favorite brand quality wise.

    But you see how that works? I first owned a MIM, then American, then CS. I wanted more from the company. With the low quality of the lower end Gibsons, its hard to want more. The quality is shifty and it costs about $2000-3000 more to upgrade and get something better.
     
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    My experience has been just the opposite. Played quite a few squiers and they are what they are. An entry level guitar with cheap parts and cheap feel. And you can get em for about $150 used all day long on craigslist so the resale sucks.
     
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    I hear what you're saying. I was talking about the Classic Vibe Tele specifically. The rest have been hit or miss just like most other companies. It seems like they go the extra mile on the Classic Vibes. Imho
     
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    I bought a bunch of Gibson LPs new in 2013/14, paid $600 out the door on most or less, most expensive was $720. All are great guitars with great to outstanding fretwork. You do not have to buy an R9 to get a great LP. The LPJs, LPMs, Faded Studios, are all that without the bling and the price tag. I have a lot more expensive LPs, but they are just prettier. If you want to pay multi $k for bling, Gibson will hook you up, but if you don't, there are great guitars to be had for much less. The prettiest cheerleader isn't always the most fun girl to date.

    The quality of Epiphones is not up to similarly priced Gibsons, don't let anyone fool you. I'm a professional tech I work on this stuff all the time, they are not in the same league. Gibson QC on their fret/neckwork is very good. DO they occasionally make a dog? Yes. Epiphone makes dogs and occasionally makes a passable guitar. Big dif.

    The factory fretwork on all those LPs was as good or better than the super high dollar Huber on my bench right now. As pretty? No. Sound/play as well or better? Yes.
     
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    Absolutely agree 200%. The lower Gibson line or even Used is the way to go. IMO the only Epi's that that pass muster are the Japanese Elitist and vintage American made models. I've sold off all my Epi's and have only kept my Korean made Sheraton and Elitist Casino and even the Sheraton needed to have the 3 way switch replaced twice and I eventually had to replace the pickups and wiring harness. They just use $hity parts and electronics.
     
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  19. TylerE

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    I bought a GC-only LP Special Pro for $599 on sale recently. Great guitar. Nitro finish, bound and pleked neck, two burstbucker pros.... just a slab body. Steal of a deal.
     
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